Originally Posted by michaelal
I was very disappointed to see that Apple did not release a 15 inch version of the MacBook Air. I already have a 13 inch version but I really thought the 15 inch version would be easier to use were those of us with eyesight problems. I hope Apple considers it in the future.
I expected a 15 Air as well - and I still do eventually. I was also mildly surprised by the new/old MBP's as well and at first thought Apple had really expanded their number of SKU's - thinking, wow, they now have three lines of notebooks - which, they kind of do - but the number of models didn't change it at all - old 17" pro, buh-bye, new/new Retina 15" pro, hello. And the rest go forward.
By next year the price of retina components will drop even as the size range increases and SSD's in larger sizes will also be cheaper, while 811ac, LTE and other ways of connecting to the net in more places will be more ubiquitous, the behavior of iCloud and other web-based storage/sharing/collaboration services will be more established - and the places occupied in Apple's product lineup by the 2012 "new oldies" will be able to be taken by new devices as we leave the age of HDD/ODD machines behind - whether that's in 2013 or '14.
I also disagree with the "convergence" to one line crowd - there are significant differences between Pro and general consumer needs, and Apple's made a statement it's NOT abandoning the former here as many have speculated. The Air is already overspecced for the facebooking and tweeting crowd, but way underspecced for the pro in the field - and not all the gaps are bridgeable with a range of BTO's on one M.Board and chassis.
So I'm sure a 15" MBA level machine has already been at least multiply prototyped. And think 17" Mac notebooks may not be gone forever. Bottom line, my "anal-lyst" instincts tell me about five or six distinct notebooks, i.e., 2 or 3 Airs and and 2 or 3 Pros will continue to be offered by Apple.
Originally Posted by iSheldon
This goes to prove that people have been clamoring for an HDMI connector on their MBPs.
No, it proves that Apple feels this is a strategic connector to add that will add value to their MBP's for users as Apple defines how devices can be used. I'm sure Apple reads their mail - watches sales trends of other companies and maybe even has lowly types sifting through our words on forums like these - but they don't focus group products nor add features SIMPLY because others have and they're "falling behind" on "checklist" items that low-level geek wannabes focus on. Rather, the decision to add a feature begins with its having a genuine use case, and then that use sells product, rather than slapping it on because it can be publicized or "seems" like something worth having. It's what makes them a leader even when they're not first to a feature party.
Edited by bigpics - 6/12/12 at 2:25pm
So not, "Look, we have HDMI too now!" rather "Our new HDMI port will allow you to....." Otherwise the company would've either added Blu-Ray years ago or have been badly punished by consumers for not doing so. And the first didn't happen, and by nearly all indications, while it may have tipped a few people, neither did the latter. And meanwhile, Blu-Ray is at best holding its own and more likely on the path to being another legacy technology along with nearly all physical meda. Similarly Apple didn't feel compelled to slap on a USB 3.0 port until it became a built-in Intel system component, though they could have. Nor to add turn-by-turn directions until they could roll out their mapping and enhanced Siri features.
And with that you may all intone the "skating to where the puck is going to be" tagline (in unison, now, on one, two, three.....) and then move to the next erudite AI post to further enrich your day......